The EMDR Foundation training consists of 4 parts
Part 1: Aims to introduce you to EMDR and teaches you how to use EMDR
Part 2: Provides supervision and support and teaches you how to deal with blocks
Part 3: Aims to encourage you to understand how to utilise EMDR to support your clients with more complex and mental health needs other than ptsd.
Part 4: Provides supervision to support your learning and promote your competency and work with EMDR
We are on a tight schedule for our timetable for EMDR Foundation training as we want to cover all the information you will need.
It is also an EMDR Europe criteria that you attend a set number of hours of teaching, practicals and supervision.
Each day will run as follows:
9:00 Teaching will begin
Tea/Coffee and a lunch break will be scheduled but will be at different times throughout each day.
17:30 Teaching will finish
100% attendence is required to complete the course
If the course/part is delivered online. Please ensure you have adequate equipment, internet etc to attend and participate. Mindsync EMDR training can not be responsible for delegates technical disruptions. Or non attendance due to equipment challenges. Participants must be visible with cameras on at all times during online courses.
A Certificate will be provided at the end of the training.
Delegates completing Mindsync EMDR Foundation Training are able to join the EMDR Association UK.
Completing all 4 parts entitles the participant to identify as an EMDR Therapist.
Expectations of delegates
We want all our delegates to come with an open mind, be enthusiastic and keen to learn a new model of therapy. Learning a new model can bring with it challenges. Being a learner again when we are all experienced therapists can trigger vulnerability in all of us.
But we are all in this together. Your peers will generally not have received this training before. The trainers and facilitators have all been through it. We expect you to make mistakes. Of course we expect you not to know it all. We want you to have compassion and kindness to yourself, your peers and the training team as you begin to grow and learn as an EMDR therapist.
EMDR is an experiential training. We want you to leave with an understanding and experience of being both a client and a therapist.
You will be expected to actively take part in practicals, role plays and supervision within groups. This is a large part of this experiential training. It will occupy a significant number of hours during the training.
We understand that this can bring up challenges and some performance anxiety. Our aim is to create a safe environment where you feel contained enough to push yourself out of your comfort zone. We know that this is where the magic happens.
Please be aware if you have any health conditions that may affect your training it is important that you contact us in advance to advise. We will maintain your confidentiality. Please do make us aware if you are pregnant, epileptic, experience migraines or have recently been bereaved. The course is amazing but intense and contains emotional content. Please ensure that you are ready and able to attend. Whilst we attempt to support your learning, you are responsible for your mental health and wellbeing. Please discuss any potential concerns with us.
You will be expected to work on your own past memories during the training
But be mindful that this is not your own personal therapy. So if the memory is something that causes you quite a lot of distress when you think about it. Or it’s something that you would probably have therapy for, then it is not appropriate for a training venue.
We talk about SUDs subjective units of distress in EMDR. In a SUDs rating 0 is no distress or neutral and 10 being the most distress imaginable. When you think of a memory to explore we are looking at it being around a 5 so a little bit of heat there but not too much. We also ask that you do not choose something which involves family members. This might open up other channels in the brain and be too distressing.
Some examples could be being bullied at school, having to present in a meeting and it going really badly, being chased by a dog. We have also worked with memories of falling over when out walking, a minor collision when no one was hurt, having bad news during a hospital visit, the death of a pet. You are responsible for choosing your memories to work on. We as a training team can not choose your memories for you. Of course this can be a challenge in the training. But you must complete a certain amount of time doing the practicals to complete the course. So you will need to prepare yourself before hand by considering memories to work on.
You will need to bring your clients to discuss in EMDR Supervision
A large part of EMDR foundation training involves thinking about how can you integrate EMDR into the therapy work that you are already doing. We also want you to build your confidence to work with new clients using EMDR. There is therefore 10 hours of group supervision covered. In Mindsync EMDR training we do 2 hours in part 1 in person, 4 hours in Part 2 and 4 hours in Part 4.
Within these sessions you will individually have a set amount of time to present a case. It needs to be a case you are working with or plan to work with. We expect you to ask an EMDR specific question, this might be something like ‘Is this client appropriate’ on your part 1 training. Or ‘Help the memory is stuck/SUDs aren’t decreasing’ on part 2 and 4.
For you to complete the training you will need to have worked with and discussed in your course supervision sessions 3 clients. Anticipate a minimum of 3 sessions to assess/prepare and begin processing (for single case trauma) and further sessions for processing memories. Delegates can expect to work with at least 6 sessions (min 60-90 mins per session) maybe longer as you develop your skills. Appropriate supervision is required in addition to client sessions.
You will need to manage your own emotions and take care of yourself as obviously we talk about a lot about trauma and other triggering topics
We are all experienced as therapist and working in the field of mental health and trauma. Also we are all human and with that have our own issues and challenges. We all have our own trigger points. It’s important that you consider the timing of this training. The training is experiential so if you are currently struggling with your mental health consider whether now is the right time for you to train.
So it is your own responsibility throughout the training to take care of yourself. We do talk about trauma and of course this can be triggering. If a particular topic is difficult for you, then do take a brief break or let the training team know.
Equally if there are people that you would rather not be paired with for practicals , (maybe because you work closely with them in your day to day job) then please do let the training team know.
Please do make the training team aware if you are pregnant, suffer from migraines, epilepsy or chronic pain so we can take your needs into account when we organise the practicals.